Devotional - January 4, 2017
Scripture: Genesis: 5 & 6
Devotional: Here we are on day 3. This has really been something unique for me, but also exciting. Quite honestly this has allowed me to really grasp hold of scripture in such a different way. This morning I continued on with Genesis 5 & 6. I also read Philippians 2:12-30 and Psalms 2.
In chapter 5 of Genesis it begins breaking down the lineage of Adam. It is crazy to see how some of these people lived to be 700, 800, and even over 900 years old! As I continued reading the weird names of some of these people I ran into one person that intrigued me, Enoch. The Bible says in verse 21 through 23; When Enoch was 65 years old, he became the father of Methuselah. After the birth of Methuselah, Enoch lived in close fellowship with God for another 300 years, and he had other sons and daughters. Enoch lived 365 years, walking in close fellowship with God. Then one day he disappeared, because God took him.
Enoch just flat out disappeared. God spared him from death. I wish I could know more about his life and quite honestly I might try to do some research on him and see if anything comes up. But what I love most about this is that Enoch spent 365 years of his life walking in close fellowship with God. There are 365 days in a year and for 365 years that equals 133,225 days walking in close fellowship with God. I asked myself as I read this, what am I going to make out of these next 365 days of my life? We all know that we are not guaranteed tomorrow, but you have been given this day and this very minute. What are you going to do to make the most of it? It isn't a matter of knowing God, it's a matter of how much deeper and closer I can get to God.
Chapter 6 goes on to talk about Noah. Out of all the people in the earth at that time, (which I am not sure how much exactly, but is something I also want to do some research on) God choose to spare Noah and his family. I strongly have to believe that it had to do with his fellowship with God, just like Enoch. But unlike Enoch, God choose a different path for Noah and beyond his fellowship and devotion to God, Noah still had to act upon his obedience to God while building the boat. God provided the resources and the Bible says that every animal came to Noah to be kept alive. All Noah needed to do was obey. I truly believe that obedience is an easier act than what we think when we are in love and to be in love requires constant/daily fellowship and devotion. It all goes hand in hand. Like the famous Love and Marriage song says, "You can't have one without the other..."
Prayer: My prayer is that you get into such a deeper fellowship and relationship with God this year that it changes your perspective and the course of your life overall.
Challenge: I challenge you to dedicate time in your day to pursue God. Whether it is morning, mid-day or evening does not matter. Find that time and even create it if you have to. When you do, stick to it. Be consistent. Don't let anything get in the way of that time and devotion. This will change the game in your life.